Lucia di lammermoor
Montreal Opera (2009)

Direction by David Gately is elegant, realistic and almost balletically integrated with the music.

— Montreal Gazette

Lucia di lammermoor
Fort Worth Opera (2008)

Photo: Elizabeth Futral as Lucia

'Lucia' is rare opera that thrills on every level

It's not every day that opera lovers experience a tour de force -- that convergence of evocative drama, supple orchestra playing and, above all, beautiful singing.

But Sunday was one of those days.

— Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The penultimate performance of Fort Worth Opera’s 2008 Festival — Saturday’s performance of Lucia di Lammermoor at Bass Hall — really captured everything I have come to appreciate about this company. Start with perfect staging, add in established stars, then bring in lots of young talent.

Donizetti’s retelling of Sir Walter Scott’s novel about the worst wedding night ever is plenty dark and moody, thanks to director David Gately. Most of the scenes come up with a spotlight on a main character who appears to be this white presence floating in a sea of darkness. Things don’t get much brighter than that for most of the characters.

— Pegasus News

David Gately's staging is savvy and sensitive.

— The Dallas Morning News